WORKSHOPS

We offer a variety of classes for all different skill levels and processes. Open registrations are below. (Past workshops are listed at the bottom of the page as well) 

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GFAA WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

VALUE-ing the Landscape Using Dry Pastels with Scott Lamp

February 12th, 2021

Last date to register: February 5th

10am - 4pm at GFAA Gallery: 1314 S Main Street

$75 - Member fee

$125 - Non-Member fee 

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
 

This workshop will focus on “Values”; which refers to the relative lightness or darkness of an area in a painting. Value shapes and patterns are the foundation of landscape painting and help convey the ‘feeling’ of a scene; bright and sunny, dark and moody, serene or dramatic. The participants of this workshop will learn to see values rather than things/objects, and consider values and value patterns to improve their ability to design and create better landscape paintings. The subjects covered will apply to any medium used, but we will be using dry (soft) pastels only during the workshop.

You should have some minimal experience applying pastels, and have at least a small collection of pastels to use during the workshop. Working from your own photo of a landscape (or one I provide), you will practice designing with value and choosing different colors within the same value. This part is easier if you have more pastels to choose from based on 4 values: dark, medium-dark, medium-light, and light.

We will consider the relationship between value and Hue (color), and the challenges of seeing the correct value of a color within the landscape, photo, or in your pastel collection.

I will show you how to look for values in a scene, and we will practice creating a small value sketch to make important design decisions BEFORE you begin your painting. We will practice simplifying a scene into a few value shapes, and managing the interactions of light and dark to establish the fundamental structure and overall mood of a landscape painting. We will consider many design decisions during this important step.

You will each paint your own painting using your own reference photo (or one of mine) and the ‘designed’ value sketch you make during practice.

Supply List:

  1. Each attendee should bring the following with them to the workshop:

  2. Bring your own landscape photo references, which is a photo or photos that you took yourself of a landscape scene that you like. Your photo does NOT have to be stunning, beautiful, or professional looking; often the best paintings come from very normal looking photos. For the benefit of class exercises to learn about values, it is best if your photo includes a foreground, middle ground, and background (which can be the sky); it is best if there are clear sun and shadow areas (even better if the sun is coming in at an angle, morning or evening); and it is best if it does not include complicated subject matter (such as a tractor, or anything that is too difficult for your drawing ability). You can bring a printed photo or work directly from a photo on your phone or digital device. Please note: You can work from someone else’s photo, or one from a magazine; however, any painting done from another person’s photo without permission is not considered original art and therefore cannot be sold or shown in exhibitions.

  3. Bring your Sketch pad, or a couple sheets of drawing paper for exercises. Even copy paper will work. Best if the paper is white, or light colored.

  4. 3 pencils (Dark, medium, and light) and an eraser for practicing value sketches. You can use markers, but it is more challenging to make corrections and changes.

  5. 1 sheet of 9x12 400 grit sanded pastel paper; UArt brand works well. I will bring extra to class, which you can purchase from me for $3/sheet.

  6. Any collection of Soft pastels you want to bring; this term “Soft” is used for all pastel sticks which are NOT OIL pastels, no matter if they are hard, medium, or soft. I prefer to call them DRY pastels. It may be useful to include a light, medium, and dark shade of any color you have.

  7. One small/medium size inexpensive watercolor type brush (I often use a size 5). Any size will do as long as it’s not tiny and not big. This brush will be used for an alcohol wash over pastel and will be damaged when used for pastel painting.

  8. A backing board of some kind for mounting paper onto. We will be using 9x12 pastel paper, which we will tape down onto a sturdy board. Masonite and Gatorboard work well. The exact size of the board doesn’t matter as long as it is at least 10x13 so you can tape a 9x12 paper to it.

  9. A small tabletop easel will be provided for each participant, but you may bring your own easel if you prefer to stand up while painting.

  10. Two small rags or old towels: One is kept dry and the other is made wet with water and kept in a plastic zip lock bag until ready for use. These are used to wipe your fingers as needed while painting. Sometimes a dry one will work fine and sometimes you need some water to get color off the fingers. Paper towels don’t work very well for this.

  11. Bring your own Lunch and/or snack and beverage for yourself, there will be a short mid-day break.

 

MEET SCOTT LAMP

I began my art journey in 1998 by signing up for watercolor classes with Linda Pence in Gainesville Florida. I then took a few workshops and practiced whatever I could learn. I discovered my favorite subject is the landscape and nature. I also discovered that I enjoy the struggle of pushing myself in new directions, and enjoy wandering out of my comfort zone to learn a new approach or tackle a difficult subject (though I’m often heard grumbling in the process). I suppose this is what inspired me to shift from watercolor to acrylic and then to pastel. 

I have won awards for paintings in each of the mediums that I work in, but right now I’m enjoying having my fingers covered in pastel dust. I have never taken a pastel class or workshop; learning instead from trial and error, art magazines and a few online resources.

I enjoy being part of the artist community here in Gainesville; having served as President of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association, and participating in many local workshops, exhibitions, and En Plein Air events. 

You can find out more about me, view my art, or contact me through my website at www.scottplamp.com. Though parts of my website are currently unavailable, the pastel section is up and working…so please feel free to look at my pastel paintings there. I hope they inspire you to join me for this workshop and get your fingers dirty getting started using pastels!
 

WORKSHOP AGREEMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY

1. Payment is non-refundable. Max class size is 20 people. If you find you need to cancel and wish to find a replacement, it is your responsibility to find  that replacement and to obtain the funds. Please contact us first in case there is a waitlist. If you find someone yourself, please provide us with the contact information for your replacement.

2. Questions should be directed to Katy at gallerymanager@gainesvillefinearts.org 

3. Your payment serves as your agreement to this cancellation policy.

Past Workshops

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